Welcome to the Political Science Department

Penn’s Political Science Department is experiencing a renaissance. Over the past decade, our faculty has grown by 50%, an increase in quantity that has been matched by gains in quality. The strength of our faculty in each of four major subfields is being built with an eye to excellence embracing a variety of approaches and methodologies.

Welcome to the Political Science Department

The department’s combination of distinction and diversity has resulted in a rapid expansion of the undergraduate program and a newly invigorated Ph.D. program. Our faculty and graduate students play key roles in numerous centers and organizations across Penn’s campus whose missions bear on topics of interest to political scientists.

Welcome to the Political Science Department

We hope you will explore the website for a glimpse into the variety of our programs, activities, and classes, as well as an introduction to the accomplishments of the people who comprise the Political Science Department at Penn.

News & Announcements

Foley C'16 and Shapiro C'16 Win Rose Award

Undergraduate political science majors Sean Foley C'16 and Lauren Shapiro C'16 won the Rose Award for "outstanding undergraduate research projects completed by graduating seniors."     

Meredith and Levendusky in the Boston Globe

Professors Marc Meredith and Matthew Levendusky were quoted in a Boston Globe article about the Republican primary in Pennsylvania.     

Undergraduate PSCI Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to award winners Jordan Dannenberg C'16, Sean Foley C'16, Sarah Baldinger C'16, and Ethan LaFrance C'16.      

Gottschalk On WHYY's Radio Times

Professor Marie Gottschalk discussed prison overcrowding and reform with Philadelphia commissioner of prisons, Blanche Carney. and chief of staff for Philadelphia's deputy managing director for criminal justice, Julie Wertheimer, on WHYY's Radio Times.      

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Philadelphia, PA 19104-6215
Phone: (215) 898-7641

Anne Norton Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
Marc Meredith Undergraduate Chair